Alterations…

…and additional notes
I have previously commented that musicians during the renaissance and baroque periods would fairly freely rearrange existing music for their particular instrument to suit its characteristics, in particular altering the voicing of chords and moving phrases up or down an octave, sometimes rephrasing, altering the harmony and adding their own ‘divisions’. In my arrangements I have tried to stick closely to the originals  but I have necessarily made some alterations. These take account of tuning differences (both the third course tuning of the renaissance lute and the radically different tuning of the baroque lute). In addition there are alterations that reflect differences in character between lute and guitar - some lute chords sound better ‘thinned out’ on the guitar and the commonly used octave stringing of lute bass courses means that chord revoicing by putting more of the chord on the treble strings or even moving particular phrases up an octave often gives a better effect. My alterations are, though, mainly confined to revoicing chords, changing octaves and occasionally removing decorations that sound less well on the guitar. As time has gone on I have become more careful to keep records of alterations I have made and (rather than clutter the scores or the individual web pages with the details) I set out below the records I have made for anyone interested; in some cases I have provided unaltered realisations of the original sources.

(The convention I use is to refer to notes/chords in the score by the bar number followed by a second number derived from counting each note or chord, whatever its time value, as a unit. Notes are expressed in the octave they sound.)

This page is so far very incomplete.

SOLO MUSIC

Daniel Bacheler
Galliard 2 1/2:1 E 2 raised 1 octave; 4:1 F sharp 3 raised 1 octave; 10:1 E 2 raised 1 octave; 19:1 D sharp added, F sharp 3 omitted; 22:2 E/D sharp quaver figure raised 1 octave; 24:2 G 3 swapped with G 2 in 24:5 ; 28:2 B1 raised 1 octave; 32;2 G 3 swapped with G 2 in 32:5; 36:2 B 1 raised 1 octave; 49:1 G 3 raised 1 octave; 51; 3/4 E/D sharp figure raised 1 octave.
Galliard 3
16:1 A3 omitted; 17:4/5 G/A quaver figure raised 1 octave; 25:1 G3 omitted; 26:1 G 4 omitted; 27: 1/2 G followed by bass G raised 1 octave; 28:1 G 3 dropped 1 octave; 31;1 E 3 dropped 1 octave; 34:1 G 4 omitted. 35:1/2 G followed by bass G raised 1 octave.

Francis Cutting
Mrs. Anne Markham's Pavan B01
Some bass notes omitted (original 7-course lute)
2:2 F sharp 3 removed; 18:1 E2 raised 1 octave; 18:6 F sharp 3 removed; 37:4 A 3 removed; 39:6 D sharp 3 raised 1 octave; 62:1 B1 raised 1 octave; 63:1 E2 raised 1 octave; 64:1 D2 raised 1 octave; 78:1 B1 raised 1 octave; 79:1 E2 raised 1 octave; 80:1 D2 raised 1 octave.
Pavan Sans Per B13
Elements of two tablature sources combined, some octave transpositions and simplified chords.
Groninge Pavan B18
2:1 chord revoiced; D3 to D4, G3 added, B3 removed; 14:7 B2 for B1; 15:2 F sharp 4 for F sharp 3; 20:10 B 2 added.
Galliard B22
24:3 and 4 raised 1 octave; D sharp in 24:5 raised 1 octave.
Galliard B23
37:5 F sharp raised 1 octave; 45:5 F sharp raised 1 octave.
Galliard B27
This piece is found in two sources, Barley’s New Booke of Tabliture and the Euing manuscript; my arrangement is mostly from Barley, though bar 28 is from Euing.
Almaine B39
9:4 B2 omitted, 16:10 E2 added.
Woods so Wild B55
53 differs from the versions by North and Dausend; 80: 1-5 descending figure raised 1 octave; 100:7 F sharp 4 dropped 1 octave, 104:7 E 4 dropped 1 octave, 106:3 F sharp 3 omitted, 110:5 F sharp 3 omitted.
Galliard B56
4:2 D2 raised 2 octaves

John Dowland
Dowland’s Bells

Alessandro Piccinini
Aria di Saravanda in Varie Partite:
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Transcription of the tablature source which can be found at lute.musickshandmade.com

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